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Outsourcing talk takes over Pines software meeting

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 7, 2018) An Ocean Pines meeting Tuesday took about an hour to get to the point that new software systems probably would not save money, but could vastly improve management processes and boost productivity. Before that point could be made, however, the meeting, hosted by the budget and finance committee,… Read more »

Patients caught in Medicare gap

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 31, 2018) Thousands of Medicare patients nationwide taking certain drugs at infusion therapy outpatient centers are finding themselves in a difficult position. As these centers refer patients to less costly home-based therapy, Medicare patients are being left out because Medicare, unlike other major insurers, won’t cover it. Locally, the policy… Read more »

New pup ‘Josiah’ joins Cricket Center team in Berlin

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 31, 2018) Josiah, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever raised and professionally trained by nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence, was introduced this month by the Cricket Center in Berlin. The dog will assist patients at the Cricket Center, which is the only child advocacy in Worcester County for sexually and physically abused… Read more »

Attendance swells for Memorial Day parade in Berlin

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 31, 2018) The annual Old Fashioned Memorial Day Parade on Monday was a roaring success by all accounts, with record attendance of more than 3,000, according to organizer estimates. Several dozen veteran’s organizations, school and youth groups, car clubs, police and fire personnel, and others marched from Stephen Decatur Middle… Read more »

Hill candidacy still uncertain in Ocean Pines

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 24, 2018) Whether former Ocean Pines Association director and interim general manager Brett Hill will be allowed to run for election to the board this year has yet to be decided, as the outcome will depend on a battle of minutiae involving association bylaws and other governing documents. Multiple sources… Read more »

Beach Club to reopen this Friday

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 24, 2018) What a difference a year makes. After record losses at the Ocean Pines yacht and beach clubs a year ago, the former facility opened last weekend to rave reviews and the latter will reopen this Memorial Day weekend. Both are under the new management of the Matt Ortt… Read more »

Old Fashioned Memorial Day Parade, Monday

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 24, 2018) For decades in the borough sometimes known as East Berlin, the Old Fashioned Memorial Day Parade was an important cultural event, akin to a second Christmas, according to co-organizer Gregory Purnell of the Berlin Community Improvement Association committee that sponsors the annual event. “For the last 60 years… Read more »

Berlin Council backs tattoo committee effort

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 17, 2018) The Berlin Mayor and Council on Monday voted 3-1 to approve a letter of support for the Tattoo Ordinance Committee as its next step is to approach the Worcester County Commissioners. The committee plans to ask the commissioners for an amendment in the county code allowing the Worcester… Read more »